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Experience about Research and Infant Reflux

by heather
Yesterday I attended a poster presentation event where multiple professors from the College of Nursing shared their research findings. One of the studies (which is still in the works) was on infants with acid reflux (GERD), the mental health of their mothers and the effects of infant massage to ease their discomfort. The study found that mothers of infants with reflux are more prone to postpartum depression and less likely to effectively bond with infants, which causes the mothers a great deal of Read more [...]

What I’ve Been Up to: June 2013

by heather
What I've been doing: My 14 year old sister came to visit for 2 weeks. We did a lot of hiking (in the mornings) and hiding inside in the afternoons, because that's what we do in St. George in the summer time. My mom had a stroke and heart surgery, so I've been...worrying. Went on a mother/daughter Girl Scout campout with Thing 1 Cindy Lou Who fell off a kitchen chair, split her chin open and needed her first set of stiches... the same day that I was getting ready for the campout and my Read more [...]

The Power of Just One Mom: Why You Can Make a Difference

by heather
Recently a Facebook friend posted a link about the Nestle boycott. Nine years ago when I did my study abroad experience as a nursing student in a maternity hospital in Argentina I had heard that in years previous Nestle had given out free samples of formula to patients in the public hospital. Due to poor education (or lack thereof) and limited resources, mothers would water down the formula which led to infant malnutrition. Because of the natural physiologic response of supply and demand these mothers Read more [...]

Encouraging Words for Moms

by heather
If you are anything like me and if you're reading my blog you probably are, at least a little bit, everything is not always going exactly how you would like. Between cooking, cleaning, shopping, working and spending time with the kids there isn't enough money or time and the house isn't clean enough. It can be easy to get discouraged when you try so hard and things are still not lining up with the vision that you have in your head. You or did I mean me? could probably use some encouragement. Here Read more [...]

Some Days Are Hard and Some Days Your Kids Actually Listen

by heather
 One morning, a couple days ago, when my alarm went off I wished that I could be someone else. Someone without a splitting headache. Someone without an appointment for a root canal. Cindy Lou Who (4 & 1/2 months) had woke me up four times because she had an ear infection. Thing 2 (4 years) peed the bed twice and woke us up one other time wanting chocolate milk. (Which we didn't give him.) Of course, the three times he woke us up didn't coincide with the four times that she woke up. Life Read more [...]

What I’ve been up to

by heather
 I swear I have a dozen blog posts bouncing around in my head, but not enough time to write them. That is, time where I'm in the 'writing zone' plus had enough sleep plus have 2 hands free. I've written a couple in a state of sleep deprivation and come back to proofread them and I'm not quite sure what I was trying to say, so we'll get back to those. So I'll just summarize what I've been doing in list form, because Heather is all about the lists. :)Feeding the baby- She gained 3 pounds in 4 Read more [...]

She’s Here!

by heather
Miss Cindy Lou Who arrived Monday afternoon weighing 7 pounds even. Everything went perfectly (I was pretty shocked). Now I'm at home recovering and enjoying some time off with my three sweet kids. :) Read more [...]

Getting Ready to be Outnumbered

by heather
With any luck by the time you are reading this I will no longer be pregnant. Hooray! Pregnancy itself is a generally an unpleasant experience, but being 9 months pregnant in August in St George, UT makes it worse. With Thing 1 I was sent into labor by being hit by an industrial flat-bed truck. With Thing 2 from the time I started having contractions to the time I was complete was twenty-five minutes, going into labor that fast put my body into shock. So let's hope that Miss Cindy Lou-Who arrives Read more [...]

Book Review: Full of Life

by heather
It is my belief that just because this is my third baby and I have a BS in Nursing doesn't mean that I know everything there is to know about pregnancy and having babies. So I picked up Full of Life: Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant by Nancy O'Dell, hoping for some new insights. This book is not an encycolpedia reference for pregnancy and motherhood, however it was more enjoyable to read than any of the other pregnancy books that I have read. It didn't tell me anything Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Pregnancy

by heather
Last Saturday my husband and I were sitting in the shallow end of the pool watching our kids play in the water.My husband patted his stomach and said "I need to exercise more."I patted my stomach and said "I also need to exercise more.""That's not fat. That's a baby." It's not that I think I am fat. It's just that since I became pregnant, exercise has dropped down to less than once a month. I need to do better, but growing a baby just makes me tired.I grabbed a love handle and said "This is not a Read more [...]

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